Dordt College News

Dordt Football Hosts Senior Day

November 14, 2013

ON THE DOCKET… Dordt College will host Dakota Wesleyan on Saturday, November 16 in a 1:00 kickoff.  You can hear the game on KDCR 88.5 FM and there will be a video webcast available at  Results at the end of the game can be found online at ; and you can follow us on Twitter at

SENIORS… 19 players will be recognized before the game Saturday as seniors in the Dordt College football program.

THE FOE… Dakota Wesleyan enters the game as the no. 22 team in the country and they are 6-2 in the GPAC and 7-3 overall.  The Tigers have won three games in row over Midland, Nebraska Wesleyan and Concordia after a setback to Morningside.  The other losses for Wesleyan are to Northwestern and Wisconsin-Stout.

Francois Barnaud leads a ground attack that gains over 200 yards per game.  Baurnaud has run for 1,735 yards and averages nearly 6.8 yards per carry and has scored 13 touchdowns.  Xavier Armijo has run for 200 yards on 55 carries.  Barnaud has been a workhorse for the Tigers with 256 carries which works out to 25 per game.

Jon Bane is 168-339 in the air for 2,141 yards and 22 touchdowns against eight interceptions.  Bane’s favorite target is Anthony Muilenburg with 61 receptions and 12 touchdowns.  Muilenburg has a 15.2 yards per catch average and Arthur Brown has 33 receptions for a little over a 14 yards per catch average.

Muilenburg handles the punt returns and has a 10.6 yards per return average on 10 returns.  Mitch Breen has 14 kick returns for a 19.4 yards per return average and Brown and Muilenburg each have seven returns to their credit with a 17.3 and 16.7 per return average.  Dan Porter is the placekicker and is 29-37 on point after tries and he is 5-9 on field goals with a long of 30 yards. Porter also does the punting and has a 36 yards per punt average on 58 attempts.

The Wesleyan defense has allowed 153 yards per game rushing and 227 yards in passing per game.  Brady Bonte has 82 tackles with 17 for loss and seven quarterback sacks.  Tanner Munk has 63 tackles and Matt McManus 62 with a team high three interceptions.  Anthony Cervantes has accumulated 59 tackles and Jeff Maassen has 55.  The Tigers have taken the ball away 20 times and have given it up 20 times.

THE DEFENDERS… Dordt is 0-8 in the GPAC and 2-8 overall heading into the season finale.  Dordt has lost four games since beating Trinity Bible on October 12.  Dordt’s other win was a season opening victory over Dakota State by a 14-13 margin.

The Defenders gain just under 200 yards per game on the ground—198.9 to be exact and allow 194 yards on the ground.  Teams are getting 231 yards in the air against the Defenders while Dordt averages 69 yards per game in the air.
Lenard Manuel has 433 rushing yards on 104 carries and hopes to be back in uniform for the game on Saturday after missing the Hastings game.  Erin Francis has 336 yards rushing and Daniel Fennig 328.  Manuel has five rushing touchdowns while Francis and Fennig each have two.

Thomas Newman has run for 297 yards and thrown for 292 after completing 20-51 passes for three touchdowns and three interceptions.  Zach Barker is 22-48 passing for 225 yards.  Sam Verhulst has 25 catches for 390 yards and three touchdowns and Darryl Van Grouw has 14 catches for 191 yards and two touchdowns.

Fennig has five punt returns for a 12.0 average and he has 11 kick returns for a 14.3 average.  Trai Pickney has 19 kick returns for a 14.3 average.  Barry Dykstra is 22-25 on point after attempts and he is 2-6 on field goals with a long of 49.  Heath Bonestroo has punted 62 times and has an average of 38.7 with a long of 65.

Seth Vande Voort has 112 tackles this season with nine tackles for loss, one sack and one interception.  Jake Atkinson has 78 tackles with two interceptions and Cole McClain has 66 tackles.  Vanoy Harris has played in ten games and has 42 tackles. Micah Applegate and Jon Gardner have 3.0 and 2.0 quarterback sacks respectively.  Camren Pitre also has two interceptions.

PREVIOUSLY… Dakota Wesleyan scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to come from 13-10 down to Concordia to win 24-13.  The Tigers outgained Concordia by a slight 249-242 margin and had 129 yards rushing and forced four turnovers while giving up just one.  Barnaud had 104 yards rushing on 30 carries and Bane was 13-31 passing for 120 yards and two touchdowns.  Wesleyan’s final touchdown came when Matt McManus picked off a Concordia pass with a minute remaining and raced 75 yards to preserve the win.

Dordt fell behind Hastings 21-0 after one quarter and 45-0 at the half before falling 66-21 to the Broncos on Saturday.  Thomas Newman ran for 126 yards on 15 carries.  Newman’s yardage is second most by a Defender in the six year history of the program.  The game also marked the return of Courtney Samuel to the Dordt lineup and he had 57 yards and a touchdown.

HISTORY… Wesleyan owns a 5-0 lead in the series and won last year’s game by a 45-31 score.  The game featured over 1,200 yards of offense between the two teams with Dordt outgaining the hosts 691-546.  Dordt’s Trai Pickney had 117 yards rushing while Bryce Rusler and Daniel Fennig each had 89 and 87 yards respectively.  Kyle Henricks threw for 250 yards and had four completions to Erin Francis for 99 yards.  Jon Bane threw for 399 yards for Wesleyan and Derek Carlson had five catches for 163 yards.  The game featured just two punts by Wesleyan and none by the Defenders.

Offense: Thomas Newman (Sophomore; Colorado Springs, Colorado)
Defense: Seth Vande Voort (Senior; Urbandale, Iowa)
Special Teams:  Chris Soodsma (Sophomore; Colorado Springs, Colorado)

Scout Team Offense:  Kyle Melton (Freshman; Grand Terrace, California)
Scout Team Defense: Taylor Thiel (Junior; Tucson, Arizona)
Scout Team Special Teams: DJ Beckwith (Freshman; Pierre, South Dakota)

AROUND THE CORNER… This will conclude the 2013 season for the Defenders while Dakota Wesleyan’s season will also end unless they move up six spots in the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.

NATIONAL POLL…With their loss on Saturday to Northwestern the Morningside Mustangs fell out of their perch at no. 1 in the country and are now no. 5 and Northwestern is no. 13.  Dakota Wesleyan is the only other GPAC team in the poll at no. 22.

GPAC RACE…(after November 9 games)
Morningside 7-1/8-1
Northwestern 6-2/7-2
Dakota Wesleyan 6-2/7-3
Nebraska Wesleyan 5-3/5-4
Doane  5-3/5-4
Concordia  4-4/6-4
Midland 3-5/4-5
Briar Cliff 3-5/4-6
Hastings 1-7/2-7
Dordt College 0-8/2-8

August 31
Midland 31 Mayville State  27
Benedictine 30 Briar Cliff 9

September 5
Concordia 30 William Jewell 15

September 7
Tabor College 10, Nebraska Wesleyan University 9
Wisconsin-Stout 35, Dakota Wesleyan University 20
Hastings College 38, Kansas Wesleyan University 20
Dordt College 14, Dakota State University 13
Northwestern College 55, Bacone College 37
Morningside College 56, Valley City State University 28
Friends University 24, Doane College 21 (OT)

September 14
Midland University 21, Dordt College 18
Doane College 34, Northwestern College 27
Dakota Wesleyan University 56, Briar Cliff University 15
Concordia University 26, Hastings College 21
Morningside College 48, Nebraska Wesleyan University 10

September 21
Concordia University 35, Midland University 14
Morningside College 79, Dordt College 14
Nebraska Wesleyan University 31, Briar Cliff University 7
Northwestern College 49, Dakota Wesleyan University 42
Doane College 62, Hastings College 7

September 28
Doane College 42, Midland University 0
Dakota Wesleyan University 28, Hastings College 19
Briar Cliff University 54, Dordt College 14
Nebraska Wesleyan University 22, Northwestern College 8
Concordia University 24, Dakota State University 0

Saturday, October 5
Morningside College 32, Midland University 7
Briar Cliff University 12, Hastings College 7
Concordia University 32, Dordt College 0
Nebraska Wesleyan University 20, Doane College 19
Dakota Wesleyan University 23, Dakota State University 14

Saturday, October 12
Dordt College 56, Trinity Bible College 27
Concordia University 19, Nebraska Wesleyan University 3
Dakota Wesleyan University 31, Doane College 20
Morningside College 44, Hastings College 3
Northwestern College 24, Briar Cliff University 17

Saturday, October 19
Midland University 61, Hastings College 35
Nebraska Wesleyan University 28, Dordt College 0
Morningside College 62, Dakota Wesleyan University 27
Northwestern College 30, Concordia University 28
Briar Cliff University 37, Dakota State University 31

Saturday, October 26
Northwestern College 48, Dordt College 10
Morningside College 67, Briar Cliff University 0
Doane College 28, Concordia University 7
Dakota Wesleyan University 20, Midland University 17

Saturday, November 2
Northwestern College 31, Hastings College 28
Doane College 56, Dordt College 13
Dakota Wesleyan University 31, Nebraska Wesleyan University 17
Morningside College 48, Concordia University 31
Midland University 37, Briar Cliff University 22

Saturday, November 9
Nebraska Wesleyan University 37, Midland University 7
Hastings College 66, Dordt College 21
Northwestern College 38, Morningside College 28
Dakota Wesleyan University 24, Concordia University 13
Briar Cliff University 32, Doane College 23

Saturday, November 16
Northwestern @ Midland
Hastings @ Nebraska Wesleyan
Dakota Wesleyan @ Dordt
Doane @ Morningside
Briar Cliff @ Concordia

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